October 9, 2012

Lee chooses Wake

Waldorf (Md.) Westlake outside linebacker Marquel Lee committed to Wake Forest late Tuesday (Oct. 9) morning.

"I went on a unofficial visit [to Wake] on Sunday [Oct. 7]," Lee said. "They offered me there, and I really like the school, and I like the coaches. I told my athletic director on Monday that I wanted to commit. My athletic director and my head coach today they set up a conference call with Coach [Jonathan] Himebauch, my recruiting coordinator, and I told him I wanted to be a Demon Deacon."

"It [conference call with Himebauch] was great. He was really excited. I was really excited, because they wanted me there and I wanted to be there. Their coaches, how they all loved on me so much, every coach wanted me there. The conversation I had with [head] coach [Jim] Grobe and their academic program is top in the nation as well."

The 6-foot-3 and 215-pound Maryland product may be able to graduate in December.

"My athletic director is actually working on that now," Lee said. "He's trying to see with my principal what I can do."

Lee hopes to figure out by the end of this week if he will be able to graduate from high school in December. He wants to graduate early, so he can enroll at Wake Forest for the upcoming spring semester and participate in off-season workouts and spring practice.

"They have talked to me about playing both [inside and outside linebacker]," Lee said.

Lee added it does not matter to him which one he plays at the collegiate level.

He will likely begin his college career at inside linebacker.

Lee chose Wake over James Madison, Maryland and Towson.

"The coaches told me I have an opportunity to come in and play early if I came in this spring, even in the summer, and I loved my visit," Lee said. "I know the game, and I can tell what you're going to do [and] when you're going to do it. And I can be at the spot."

He said his commitment to Wake Forest is firm and that he will not entertain any more offers, nor take visits to other schools.

"I'm going to come in and do the best I can, and give everything I have, a 110-percent, and I can only hope for the best."

Lee's high school head coach Marlon Curtis was an offensive lineman for the Demon Deacons in the late 90's.

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